• Johnston County to get third interstate highway

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    March 30, 2016
    US 70 from Raleigh to Morehead City has been designated a "future interstate" by the U. S. Department of Transportation.

    An unveiling ceremony on March 30 featured the following guests: Gov. Pat McCrory, U.S. Rep. G.K. Butterfield, Goldsboro Mayor Chuck Allen, Wayne County Commission Chairman Joe Daughtery, Super 70 Corridor Commission Chair Ted Godwin, NCDOT Secretary Nick Tennyson, Board Member Gus Tulloss, Division 2 Engineer John Rouse and Division 4 Engineer Tim Little.

    Durwood Stephenson, chairman of the U.S. 70 Corridor Commission, said state Department of Transportation employees should be installing “future interstate” signs along the highway.

    Stephenson said the signs would not have interstate numbers because no numbers have been assigned to this future interstate highway. He hopes the number will be decided in May and then added to the interstate signs.

    The future interstate designation is the result of a bill co-authored by U.S. Rep. G.K. Butterfield to designate several highways, including U.S. 70, as future interstates.

    Butterfield, (D-District 1), of Wilson introduced the legislation last April.

    A bi-partison group consisting of Rep. David Rouzer, (R-Dist. 7); Rep. Walter Jones, (R- Dist. 3); Rep. Mark Meadows, (R-Dist. 11); Rep. George Holding, (R-Dist. 13); Rep. Alma Adams, (D-Dist. 12); and Rep. David Price, (D-Dist. 4), all co-signed the bill.

    The Military Corridor Transportation Improvement Act would designate portions of U.S. Highway 70 as a high priority corridor and as “future interstates” to better connect Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, the North Carolina Global TransPark, Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point, and the Port of Morehead City with the rest of North Carolina and the eastern seaboard. 

    The Federal Highway Administration estimates that $1 billion in transportation funding can support approximately 30,000 jobs that would be critical to economic development in eastern North Carolina.

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